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Eromenos by Melanie McDonald

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In EROMENOS, Eros and Thanatos converge in the story of a glorious youth, an untimely death, and an imperial love affair that gives rise to the last pagan god of antiquity. In this debut coming-of-age novel set in the second century AD, Antinous of Bithynia, a Greek youth from Asia Minor, recounts his seven-year affair with Hadrian, fourteenth emperor of Rome. In a partnership more intimate than Hadrian's sanctioned political marriage to Sabina, Antinous captivates the most powerful ruler on earth both in life and after death.

This version of the affair between the emperor and his beloved ephebe vindicates the youth scorned by early Christian church fathers as a shameless and scandalous boy and sordid and loathsome instrument of his master's lust. EROMENOS envisions the personal history of the young man who achieved apotheosis as a pagan god of antiquity, whose cult of worship lasted for hundreds of years far longer than the cult of the emperor Hadrian.

In EROMENOS, the young man Antinous, whose beautiful image still may be found in works of art in museums around the world, finds a voice of his own at last.

...eminently readable, historically accurate, there are depths to discover, symbols, foreshadowings, and it's all written beautifully, too, which made this a five star read...
Goodreads.com, February 14, 2011

... Antinous is a complex character. . .rigorous attention to historical accuracy and a vivid recreation of Roman society in the second century AD. . .most impressive...
Booksquawk, December 2010

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Melanie McDonald

    

Melanie McDonald won a 2008 Hawthornden Fellowship for her debut novel, Eromenos, published in March 2011. She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Arkansas. Her work has appeared in New York Stories, Fugue, Indigenous Fiction, and online. She has pursued the study of writing in New York, Galway, Paris, and spent several months in Italy while at work on her first novel. She is married to Kevin McDonald, author of Above the Clouds: Managing Risk in the World of Cloud Computing.

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